Democrats begin to distance themselves from Barack Obama
During President Bush’s sixth year in office he had become so toxic that Republicans started to distance themselves from him, or at least they tried to distance themselves from him. It didn’t work and Democrats were able to ride the anti-Bush wave to victories in both 2006 and 2008. President Bush’s unpopularity led to the majority that Democrats now enjoy.
Some Democrats are still trying to ride that anti-Bush wave– the most notable is Barack Obama– but that wave has crested and it is no longer viable for Democrats to be simply anti-Bush so they are beginning to look towards another strategy for the upcoming midterm election. They are beginning to distance themselves from Barack Obama.
Barack Obama– the man who was ushered into power with such high expectations– and his agenda have become so toxic for vulnerable Democrats in the midterm elections that they are actually trying to distance themselves from the president. It is stunning that Barack Obama has alienated so many people so quickly.
In a strategy that seems reminiscent of recent Republican victories, Democrats are now trying to claim they represent the people and do not represent Barack Obama or his policies. Democrats are now trying to be the next Scott Brown. Even Arlen Specter, who changed parties thinking that he could ride Obama’s coattails to re-election as a Democrat, is now trying to distance himself from the man he was coddling up to just a few short months ago.
Barack Obama has burned through all of the goodwill that he had conjured up during the election and people are fed up with his far left agenda after only one year. Democrats can see this and they are unwilling to sacrifice their jobs for Barack Obama’s agenda, so they are distancing themselves from him.
We must not be fooled by this strategy. Democrats are just as responsible for Barack Obama’s agenda as he is. They have enabled him and they must be stopped. If we fall for this ploy, Democrats who win re-election will fall lack-step in line with Barack Obama once their re-election is secured and will continue to persue his agenda. The only way that we can ensure that Obama’s agenda will be defeated is to defeat all of those who support him– even those who are now trying to distance themselves from him.